As the first day of the school year approaches, we find ourselves blown away by the teaching talent we will have leading our classrooms. Many thanks to all who have participated in our numerous Teacher Demo Days that have led to the hiring of such a talented group of professionals. We're pleased that you took part in such a crucial process of the establishing of our cohesive school community. We're pleased to introduce to you Amanda Setty, Preschool Teacher at BASIS Independent McLean.


Amanda Setty graduated from University of South Carolina in 1998 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. That same summer, she joined the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program and spent two years in rural Japan teaching English to elementary and middle school students. In 2001, Ms. Setty traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand to attend Christchurch College of Education where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Primary Education.

Returning to the United States in 2002, Ms. Setty began her teaching career in a 3rd and 4th grade classroom in a private school in Annandale, Virginia. After the birth of her first daughter in 2004, Ms. Setty made the switch to preschool. She taught in a private preschool in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 4 years before taking a couple years off to complete the adoption process and bring her second daughter home from India. She returned to the preschool classroom in 2013 and hasn’t stepped away from the sensory table since.

Ms. Setty initially attended an information session at BASIS Independent McLean as a prospective parent and left the meeting thinking, “I want to be part of that!” She is excited to be a member of a teaching staff which, not only encourages children to ask big questions, but builds an atmosphere where teachers are encouraged and expected to ask big questions of themselves and each other. She believes that learning is a lifelong pursuit.

Ms. Setty and her family are avid travelers and they regularly return to India, the motherland of her husband and daughters. Never say “you should come visit” to Amanda unless you are prepared for company, because Amanda will definitely take you up on it. She and her family spend most long weekends and vacations visiting friends and making connections all over the United States. When she is at home, Amanda enjoys growing vegetables, biking, swimming, reading, and walking her dog in the woods.

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